How to Survive Drive-by Cyberattacks
Drive-by attacks, or drive-by downloads, infect malware on users’ devices through various online sources. Drive-by cyberattacks can occur without the user actively downloading anything. Simply visiting an infected website can be enough for malware to be downloaded onto a device. The malware planted can be used to steal credentials and personal infection as well as infect other devices connected to it.
Don’t take cybersecurity for granted. Protect your business, its data, and customers by preventing cyberattacks.
Attackers take advantage of security vulnerabilities in apps or websites to exploit victims. If a hacker writes malicious code into a website, all the user has to do is visit the website to trigger the cyberattack. However, some cybercriminals still use the traditional method of malvertising on websites. This involves the user clicking on an advertisement which starts the download process of the malware.
Drive-by cyberattacks have the potential to destroy companies. If hackers gain access to a business’ network, they can spy on activity to gain credentials and other vital information. They can also hijack the system altogether and turn it into a DDoS attack. Businesses must install proper security software and fix vulnerabilities in order to not fall victim to drive-by cyberattacks. Organizations can protect themselves from drive-by attacks by being proactive.
How To Prevent Drive-By Cyberattacks:
1. Avoid Suspicious Websites
Being aware of the websites you visit is one of the best ways to avoid drive-by downloads. Many browsers will show security warnings when something isn’t right with a web page. If you see “https://” or padlocks in the address bar, you’re on a secure site. If the browser blocks access to a website, something is most likely wrong with its security certificate so you should avoid it entirely.
2. Watch What You Click
Even on secure websites, hackers can include advertisements that lead to an insecure site or can instantly download malware on your device. The same can happen with phishing emails. Look for common signs of scams like spelling mistakes, urgency, and the need to enter valuable data.
3. Vett Download Sources
Before downloading anything, make sure the attachment or software comes from a legitimate source. Just like with phishing attacks, downloads from websites can be dangerous too. Always verify the source of the download before allowing it onto your device.
4. Keep Software Updated
The best way to prevent cyberattacks of any kind is to keep your operating system and other software up to date with the most recent security patches. Hackers look for vulnerabilities to exploit and they’re easy to find when updates and security checks aren’t regularly scheduled.
5. Managed IT Services
Traditional security solutions like antivirus software, pop-up blockers, and firewalls are the first step to protecting your business from cyberattacks. However, cybercriminals are progressively getting better at hacking companies’ networks. That’s why having a comprehensive IT strategy is essential to continuously protecting your business. Managed IT Services include many proactive preventative aspects including Cybersecurity which is essential to every business today no matter the size of it.
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